About Us

The My Earth Day Marin Coalition was founded in the fall of 2008 by the Marin County Parks and Open Space District, the City of San Rafael Volunteer Program, the San Rafael Clean Program, the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin, and the Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program. Together we sought  to increase the number of service projects in Marin, abate litter in our watersheds (beaches, creeks, parks, open space preserves, cities and towns), remove invasive plants, restore trails, watersheds and sensitive habitat areas, remove graffiti, encourage community involvement, inspire youth, and enjoy our beautiful, natural environment!

Inspired by the incredible success of California Coastal Cleanup Day*, we saw Earth Day as an opportunity to organize, promote and publicize multiple environmental service projects in Marin. Together, we organized large groups of volunteers who participated in cleanup events at several different locations.  For example, at Pickleweed Park in San Rafael, over 100 people removed countless pieces of litter from local streets and beautiful marsh areas bordering the bay. Local Rotary Clubs prepared and served food to smiling volunteers, musicians donated their time and skill on stage, fruit smoothies were made by bicycle pedal powered blenders, knowledge was gained and great differences made, a solid stepping stone was set!

The My Earth Day Marin Coalition is dedicated to providing meaningful opportunities for people of all ages and experience levels to get involved in their community and environment.  Our list of partner agencies and project opportunities continues to expand.  We are now grateful to have planning and other assistance from the Marin County Community Development Agency, the Marin Municipal Water District, the Marin County Department of Public Works, and the San Rafael Department of Public Works. We’re promoting our own Earth Day service projects as well as those of many amazing organizations  and businesses throughout Marin, including, but not limited to, the  San Geronimo Valley Community Center, City of Novato,  101  Surf Sports, Auto Desk,  Target, Church of Jesus Christ of latter Day Saints,  Gallinas Creek Watershed Council,  and Friends of Corte Madera Creek.  We could not have produced this website without a Marin County Parks and Open Space District volunteer, Alex Kahl of Kahl Consultants, who donated his time to design and build the site. We’re grateful to all the agencies and volunteers who work to abate trash and care for our natural environment on Earth Day!

Please visit our Volunteer Events page to view a list of service opportunities for Earth Day!

* On Coastal Cleanup Day 2009, over 1300 volunteers removed over 11,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from Marin’s watersheds. In 2010, Marin’s Coastal Cleanup Day drew over 2000 volunteers who removed over 8,000 pounds of trash and recyclables.

If you have questions, please call: 415-473-3202.  If you are a person with a disability and require accommodations, or if you require materials in alternative formats, please call 415-473-4381 (voice) or CRS 711 or email: disabilityaccess@marincounty.org.